Benefits Consultant – Boston
We are looking for an attorney to act as consultant in the Ropes & Gray Benefits Consulting Group. In that role, you will contribute to a wide variety of employee benefits projects involving the design, implementation and administration of a full array of employer-sponsored employee benefit plans. You will provide support to our other lawyers and work closely with our internal consultants and other professionals to create a high quality work product for our clients. As part of that work, you will
- Develop a comprehensive understanding of ERISA and the other laws applicable to employee benefits
- Review and draft plan documents, summary plan descriptions (SPDs), vendor agreements and employee communications to ensure alignment with client expectations and regulatory requirements
- Assist principals with development and execution of client initiated RFPs (Request For Proposals) including researching, drafting and administering RFPs and analyzing and summarizing results
- Assist principals and clients, as needed, with strategic benefits planning sessions including preparation, facilitation and follow-up items
- Manage Work Plans/Timeline
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- An understanding of health & welfare benefits and retirement plans is desirable, but not required
- An understanding of key employee benefit laws such as ERISA, COBRA, HIPAA, FMLA and the ACA, and some familiarity with employee benefit provisions of the Internal Revenue Code is desirable, but not required
- Possess an excellent attention to detail
- Ability to work collaboratively and on team-oriented projects
- Ability to effectively and accurately manage multiple tasks and complex projects in a fast-paced environment
- Proven dedication to outstanding client service
- Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and clients at all levels of seniority
- Ability to draw targeted and relevant conclusions from data and client-specific information using analytical and strategic reasoning
- Strong software skills including advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Excel, Access, Word and PowerPoint
Education and Experience Required
- J.D. required
- One to three years of employee benefits/human resources or industry-related experience, preferably in a law firm or benefits consulting firm
Corporate Department: Senior Knowledge Management Attorney for IP Transactions and Life Sciences - Boston
The IP Transactions (“IPT”) and Life Sciences (“LS”) groups seek a senior attorney with a minimum of 7 years’ experience, including experience practicing in a corporate transactional role at a top-tier law firm, to join the firm as a non-partnership track Legal Knowledge Management (“KM”) Attorney. Knowledge Management is critical to harness and share the information that we develop and allow us to provide legal service in a manner that is more efficient and effective.
The KM attorney will assist the IPT and LS practice groups define, implement and promote KM tools, systems and processes to improve the quality and efficiency of our work.
The ideal candidate will have relevant practice experience and an interest in knowledge management, such as working with forms and managing precedent documents and checklists. Areas of required substantive expertise include venture capital, private financings and emerging company issues, license and collaboration agreements, and other commercial agreements. A strong background in the life sciences and/or technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) space is preferred. Familiarity with or exposure to public securities offerings, U.S. securities laws, and mergers and acquisitions is beneficial, but is not required.
The Senior KM Attorney’s responsibilities will be primarily non-billable, but may also include billable client deliverables (expected to account for no more than about a quarter of the attorney’s time). This position is based in Boston. We offer competitive compensation, including salary and bonus.
Working closely with the Practice Group Leaders (“PGLs”), partners and other buyers in the practice groups, and coordinating with members of the firm’s knowledge management, professional development and practice development departments, the Senior KM Attorney will have the following primary responsibilities:
- Help the IPT and LS groups assess its KM needs and define its KM goals and priorities. Identify, recommend and implement effective strategies and solutions in light of current and ongoing developments in each practice.
- Stay current and advise attorneys on legal developments in the venture capital and licensing areas, with a strong focus on life sciences and TMT industries, and track market developments and trends. Prepare substantive memoranda and other practice insight resources, including client alerts; present at practice group and partner meetings.
- Implement document management and precedent tracking system for the IPT and LS groups, including meta-tagging deal information to facilitate user search and working with client matter teams to ensure uniform use of preferred filing systems.
- Develop new forms and improve precedent and checklist management systems. Update KM resources to reflect legal changes and developments. Advise the group’s attorneys on substantive questions within areas of expertise and regarding use of appropriate forms, precedents, checklists and other KM resources, and assist them in tailoring KM resources for specific client needs.
- Prepare and advise attorneys on the preparation of KM-related client deliverables. This may include, among other responsibilities: drafting legal memoranda and conducting legal research in response to discrete client questions.
- Assist in maintaining deal term grids (summaries of deal terms).
- Serve as the IPT and LS groups’ representative on firm-wide KM-related task forces and working groups; share, coordinate, and adopt best practices. Coordinate on behalf of the IPT and LS groups with respect to firm-wide and Corporate Department KM initiatives, and with other practice groups.
- Train attorneys, paralegals and others on the group’s KM resources, precedent and forms libraries, and other KM matters and systems. Assist in maintaining practice group reference and training materials.
- Evaluate and recommend third-party resources (industry organizations, conferences, publications, etc.) that deliver legal and market knowledge relevant to the IPT and LS practices.
- Strengthen links between knowledge sharing and the information systems, and improving integration among information systems across the firm to facilitate the seamless exchange of information and data.
Skills and Qualifications
- J.D. and a minimum of 7 years of relevant practice experience, including experience working in a large law firm. Practice experience may be a combination of in-house and large law firm positions.
- Ability to establish credibility with Ropes & Gray attorneys and work with professional staff across a variety of functions in a multi-office environment.
- Strong writing ability, including technical contract, drafting skills, ability to communicate clearly, and excellent research skills.
- Must be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and be able to handle multiple projects at the same time. Must be able to re-prioritize work to keep up with the needs of the business.
- Experience with and comfort in using internet and intranet technologies as well as spreadsheet software.
- Strong organizational, project management, and systematizing skills and proven attention to detail.
Corporate Department: Career Associate for Intellectual Property Transactions Group - Boston, New York, San Francisco, or Silicon Valley
The Intellectual Property Transactions (IPT) Group of Ropes & Gray LLP (R&G) is seeking Career Associates in either our Boston, New York, San Francisco or Silicon Valley offices. The firm is seeking candidates with 3-7 years of experience supporting M&A transactions across all industries. Attorneys in this position will work directly with R&G’s global M&A deal teams and take a leading role in advising on deal-related IP and technology law matters, including providing drafting and negotiation support for purchase agreements, drafting and negotiating associated commercial agreements (e.g., IP licenses and assignments, transition services agreements, supply agreements, etc.), and coordinating and supervising IPT diligence activities performed by junior IPT associates. They will also play a key role in M&A-specific IPT knowledge management and training activities.
As a member of our Intellectual Property Transactions group, you will practice alongside some of the most recognized attorneys in the profession. Attorneys looking for an opportunity to apply their legal expertise to our highly sophisticated practice are encouraged to apply. Ropes & Gray LLP is an equal opportunity employer.
Director of Diversity and Inclusion - Boston and New York
For more information, please contact Tyler Szymanski - Tyler.Szymanski@ropesgray.com
Ropes & Gray is seeking an experienced executive to provide diversity and inclusion vision and leadership, and play a significant role in setting and executing the firm’s diversity goals. The Director of Diversity and Inclusion (“Diversity Director”) will lead the development, implementation and championing of proactive diversity and inclusion initiatives in support of the firm’s diversity mission and strategic plan. The position is a broad, highly matrixed, visible and strategic role. Reporting to the Director of Attorney Talent Development, the Diversity Director will be the primary point of contact and support for the firm's Diversity Committee. The Diversity Director will work collaboratively and closely with firm leaders, including the Policy Committee, practice group leaders, leaders of the affinity groups and the Women’s Forum, the CHRO, and the directors in human resources to plan, communicate and implement new strategies for hiring, retaining and promoting the firm’s diverse talent.